Lost-and-Found Lamb Stew

Adventures in Lancashire Hotpot

I like cooking for others even more than I like cooking itself, which is why I asked my friend if he had a request when I invited him for Sunday dinner. I prompted him with suggestions of potatoes and stew and soup. (The weather in spite of Summer has been cold and rainy.)

“You could try to make stew with potatoes in it,” he suggested, and sent along a link to the Wikipedia entry on Lancashire Hotpot. Continue reading “Lost-and-Found Lamb Stew”

Summer Potluck

We gathered together some friends this past weekend for some food, some drink, and some good conversation. As always, I did put some thought into the menu for the event. This group is a touch more adventurous than average but the group comprised a lot of kids. The folks over 30 only just barely outnumbered the folks under 8. Since the main goal for hosting the event was to catch up with some of my favourite people, I didn’t want to spend any time in the kitchen. I wanted as much of the food as possible to be served cold or at room temperature and for it to be easily self-served. I figured the less distracted I was at the event with food, the more time I got to see my friends. Also, almost everyone attending offered to bring a little something. I’m too much of a menu control freak to allow for an entirely potluck event. I planned to cook some items that would anchor the party and then everyone else chipped in everything else.
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